Christian Yelich, other Milwaukee Brewers players to hit for the cycle

Christian Yelich was already the first Brewers player to hit multiple career cycles on Wednesday, when he hit a single, double, triple and home run against the Cincinnati Reds, so now he’s the Brewers’ first player with three. He is also the first in modern Major League Baseball history to record three rounds against the same franchise.

But there is also a more dubious distinction; he is the first Brewers player to record a cycle in a loss. The Reds prevailed in a savage 14-11 baseball game at Great American Ball Park, resulting in the Brewers’ 10th cycle in franchise history being the first to be defeated.

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These are the examples of Brewers players hitting for the original achievement.

Christian Yelich (May 11, 2022 in Cincinnati)

Christian Yelich signals for cover after hitting a triple for a cycle in the ninth inning.

Position: DH (Third Batter)

last line: 4 for 5, two runs, three RBIs

Score: 14-11 loss

Ordered: Double first, home run third, single fifth, triple ninth

Yelich’s three-bagger was part of a wild ninth-inning rally that scored six runs but failed the final three as the Reds held on to hand the Brewers their fourth loss in five games. Yelich’s three-run homer accounted for Milwaukee’s first points of the game, but by then the Reds were already ahead, 7-0.

Christian Yelich (September 17, 2018 vs. Cincinnati)

Christian Yelich gives a hat-trick to the fans after scoring a hat-trick for the cycle.

Position: LF (second batter)

Final line: 4 for 4, run, four RBIs

Score: Victory 8-0

Ordered: Singles first, doubles third, circuit fifth, triples sixth

His two-run homer gave the Brewers a 4-0 lead, and his two-run triple against Jesus Reyes made it 6-0. The feat was notable in that it was his second cycle in three weeks and second against the Reds that year, and it also came against the backdrop of a furious final in September that won the Brewers the National League Central title. Milwaukee won two of three against the Reds in this series and finished the season with 10 wins in 11 games (20-7 overall once the schedule passed in September). It was also one of the most important end-of-season data points as Yelich built his case as the NL’s most valuable player.

Christian Yelich (August 29, 2018 in Cincinnati)

Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after hitting for the round.

Position: RF and LF (second batter)

Final line: 6 for 6, two runs, three RBIs

Score: 13-12 victory

Ordered: Singles first, (singles in third), home run in fifth, doubles in sixth, triples in seventh, (singles in ninth)

Every ounce of this cycle was needed, since the Brewers had to win this ridiculous extras contest. Yelich’s triple tied the game at 10, and the Brewers took an 11-10 lead in the eighth but restored it in the bottom half, then scored two in the 10th to regain a 13-11 advantage. This is the only instance in which a Brewers player hitting for the cycle added extra strokes beyond the required four. Only four other Brewers players (Ryan Braun, Jean Segura, Kevin Reimer, John Briggs) have six hits in any game.

George Kottaras (September 3, 2011 in Houston)

George Kottaras (right) became the third receiver in Brewers history to hit for the cycle, joining Charlie Moore and Chad Moeller.

Position: C (seventh at bat)

Final line: 4 for 5, two runs, two RBIs

Score: Victory 8-2

Ordered: Home run in fourth, triple in sixth, single in seventh, double in ninth

Backup receiver Kottaras normally only played on Randy Wolf starts, but it was an exception when Brewers manager Ron Roenicke tried to stack his roster with lefties against Houston’s Bud Norris. When he hit a drive to cross on “Tal’s Hill” at Minute Maid Park and leaped over the wall, he had an unlikely cycle. After Kottaras scored a shocking hat-trick in the sixth (his only of the season and one of three in his career), Craig Counsell – now the Brewers manager and never known for his power as a player – hit a batter later. Counsell hadn’t homered in almost a year and it was the last home run of his career.

Jody Gerut (May 8, 2010 in Arizona)

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jody Gerut recognizes the dugout after hitting a double for the cycle in the ninth inning.

Position: RF and CF (sixth batter)

Final line: 4 for 6, three runs, four RBIs

Score: 17-3 victory

Ordered: Home run in second, single in third, triple in fifth, double in ninth

Gerut had three chances to get the double to end the cycle in the blowout victory, but he had two outs before getting a final crack with two outs in the ninth, an inning in which three Brewers batters had to reach the base in front of him to grant the opportunity. His two-run double added two more runs in the laughs and put Gerut in the history books, even though he made just 74 plate appearances that year for the Brewers and hit .197. . He was only in Milwaukee for part of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and he only started that day because manager Ken Macha said he flipped a coin to determine if Gerut or Corey Hart should begin.

Chad Moeller (April 27, 2004 vs. Cincinnati)

Chad Moeller watches his single in the seventh inning to complete the round.

Position: C (eighth at bat)

Final line: 4 for 5, run, four RBIs

Score: 9-8 win

Ordered: Home run in second, double in fourth, triple in fifth, single in seventh

Arguably, Moeller is the least likely cyclist in Brewers history. Moeller played over 11 seasons in Major League Baseball and recorded only seven triples and 29 homers, but the stars aligned that day in a home-and-away game. It was remarkably the first cycle for a Milwaukee major leaguer at home (going back even to the Milwaukee Braves). The double happened because Ken Griffey Jr. couldn’t quite make a sliding trap, and the triple came with the bases loaded on jumping outfielder Wily Mo Pena. Moeller was also part of Milwaukee’s win at another title when he should have been the last out. But Brandon Dixon’s throwing error – the Reds’ fifth error of the game – opened the door for Bill Hall to crush a game-winning two-run home run. Hall would deliver a compression bunt the following night in the 10th inning to cap a rally from a 9-0 deficit to win, 10-9.

Paul Molitor (May 15, 1991 in Minnesota)

Paul Molitor waves to the cheers of the County Stadium crowd after collecting the 2,000th hit of his major league career.  Molitor also hit for the cycle in his native Minnesota.

Position: DH (hit first)

Final line: 4 for 5, two points, RBI

Score: Victory 4-2

Ordered: Triple first, single third, double fifth, home run seventh

It was an economic cycle in a low-scoring game, but Molitor was unsurprisingly in the middle of it all, tripling on the first pitch of the game and scoring the first inning, driving the second inning into scoring position and then driving in the last with a solo home run, all against Kevin Tapani. Molitor, whose exploits also include an inside-the-park home run in the league championship series and an unforgettable 39-game hitting streak in 1987, helped snap Milwaukee’s eight-game losing streak .

Robin Yount (June 12, 1988 at the Chicago White Sox)

Robin Yount hit for the cycle in the 1988 season.

Position: DH (Third Batter)

Final line: 4 for 4, four runs, two RBIs, walk

Score: Victory 16-2

Ordered: Single in first, home run in third, double in sixth, triple in eighth

The Brewers were on course to win when Yount put the icing on the cake. Even when he wasn’t batting, he tied on walks midway through a six-run fifth inning, one of four innings the Brewers have scored at least three runs. His four runs scored tied a team record, and Paul Molitor only missed the home run by one cycle of his own.

Charlie Moore (October 1, 1980 in California)

Charlie Moore, shown here in 1985, hit for the cycle in 1980.

Position: C (ninth batter)

Final line: 4 for 5, three runs, three RBIs

Score: 10-7 win

Ordered: Single in second, home run in fourth, triple in sixth, double in eighth

Moore broke ties with his homer and triple, then added an insurance run to give the Brewers an 8-5 lead in the eighth with the double. Milwaukee added two more afterward to put the game away, though the Angels brought the tying run home three times in the ninth. Moore also added two stolen bases. Ben Oglivie also hit his 40th homer of the season to stay ahead of Reggie Jackson for the league lead.

Mike Hegan (September 3, 1976 in Detroit)

First baseman Mike Hegan was the first in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to hit for the cycle.

Position: LF and 1B (fifth batter)

Final line: 4 for 5, two runs, six RBIs, walk

Score: 11-2 win

Ordered: Double first, home run third, triple fourth, single sixth

Hegan already had six RBIs on his first three at-bats, with a two-run double and a punt triple among the hits; it’s still the most RBIs a Brewers player has had while batting for the cycle. “It was even more (exciting) after I asked Henry (Aaron) if he had done it before, and he said no,” Hegan said. “So that gives me something about him.” Hegan’s father, Jim, coached the Tigers organization and sat in the stands. This is also the game where Jim Gantner got his first major league hit. Hegan, who later became Brewers TV’s color commentator for 12 seasons, was in his second round with the club as a player.

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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